Court trial begins for Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee

Samsung’s jailed leader Jay Y. Lee arrived at Seoul Central District Court on Friday, April 7.

This is the first day of Lee’s trial for bribery and embezzlement allegations.

One charge Lee is facing is that he pledged bribes to organizations tied to Choi Soon-sil, confidant of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

Lee was thought to be attempting to cement Samsung’s position in the smartphones-to-biopharmaceuticals business empire.

The bribes include Lee’s sponsorship of Choi’s daughter and her equestrian career.

Lee appeared at the court just after Choi arrived for a separate trial on the same day.

Lee, Choi, and Park have all denied bribery accusations.